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Texans: Jadeveon Clowney’s inmate costume not a shot at owner

The Houston Texans continue to be in damage control amid the fallout from owner Bob McNair’s controversial “inmates” comment last week. The team on Tuesday felt compelled to go on record to dispute the notion the costume choice by Jadeveon Clowney for a recent Halloween party was a “shot” at the embattled Texans owner.

Clowney was spotted at a party Monday night wearing an orange prison jumpsuit costume, which was assumed to be some form of commentary upon McNair’s remarks last week at an owners meeting when he said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison.” The comment was widely interpreted as a disparaging remark about NFL players, although McNair denied that was the case in one of his two public apologies in recent days.

However, Houston Texans senior director of communications Amy Palcic on Tuesday told the Houston Chronicle that Clowney’s costume was in no way a “shot” at McNair.

According to Palcic, Clowney has indicated to the team there “was no hidden meaning behind his Halloween costume. He was not taking a ‘shot’ at anyone. It was just that – a costume at a Halloween party.”

It’s conceivable that Clowney did in fact inform the team there was no hidden meaning behind his choice of Halloween costume. But that doesn’t mean Clowney was being completely forthright about the motivation behind wearing sai costume. The timing of it all arguably lends to the notion it was indeed a shot at McNair.

And if it all was just a coincidence, as the Texans claim? Well, it was a huge one.